Bead blasting is the operation of propelling, typically with compressed air, a stream of abrasive material (blast media) against a surface to affect the surface finish.

The terminology 'bead blasting' is often generically used alongside a range of blast process names such as: sand blasting, grit blasting, shot blasting, grit blasting, abrasive blasting and soda blasting for a variety of 'blast' processes. But a more specific definition of actual 'bead blasting' is where the blast cabinet is using either glass or plastic 'beads' to alter the substrate surface.

typical glass bead blasted satin surface finish on catering equipment

Glass bead blasting tends to be used for: cleaning, peening, sheen surface finishing and general cleaning of tarnished components. Whereas plastic bead blasting can be used for a wide range of cleaning, deburring, deflashing and paint stripping applications.

A typical suction fed blast cabinet for undertaking these processes on a perodic basis would be a Guyson Formula blast cabinet. If you were needing to blast all day, every day in a production situation then it would require a blast cabinet from our Euroblast range.